October always means a trip to the pumpkin patch at Mother Nature’s Farm. We’ve been going there for years. It’s not the closest one to my house, but it’s become a Halloween tradition. My kids automatically know that I will taking pictures and if their outfit doesn’t pass my test, they will be changing. The little guy actually didn’t fight me on this, even pulling out his jeans and a sweater. What makes this more impressive is that it was almost 100 degrees outside (I promise, I did not make him wear the sweater). Outfit criteria for the pumpkin patch is really not all that strict. I just want them to wear something clean and half-decent that doesn’t completely clash with orange.
Tis the season for family portraits. You’ve scheduled the appointment, planned the outfits, and given the family a pep talk. After all that effort, please don’t ignore this piece of advice…don’t go to the shoot on an empty stomach! You are probably thinking that bribing the family with dinner after the shoot will ensure good behavior during the shoot. I’m all for bribes, but cranky subjects do not take good pictures! When your stomach is grumbling, you are distracted, irritable, and impatient. This is especially true if some of your family members are less than excited about the session in the first place.
Now you are thinking, “We don’t have time to eat before the shoot!” Prepare ahead of time by packing a few snacks and some water to bring in the car. Just be sure to pack food that will not stain their clothes. Crackers, pretzels, nuts, and carrot sticks are all good choices. Stay away from sticky candy, food with red or blue dye, or anything covered in cheese dust. I usually try to have a few suckers or candy canes (depending on the season) on hand at the shoot as a visual motivation to cooperate, but they don’t get it until after the session. Now go pack your photo snacks!
The Labor Day rain did not keep us from having a fun little hip hop shoot. This is just a little preview. Love the way these turned out!
Recently I took my daughter to Las Vegas for a dance competition. I wanted a cute pic of her in front of the Vegas sign, but the line was long and the lighting wasn’t good so I shot this one really fast. Not original… but its mine. This was her first trip to Vegas (that she was old enough to remember).
During one of her breaks I shot a few pics in the hotel room. Usually when I pull out my camera to take her picture, I get a face like this. She will probably not like finding this one online… It will be fun to see how long it takes her to notice.
I can sometimes get a natural smile out of her. It takes more work, but totally worth it.
My daughter has a love/hate relationship with my camera. She is often an unwilling subject… the kind that rolls her eyes when the camera comes out but always wants to see the image created. I love this shot taken in our hotel room before a dance competition.